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It's Official: PS2 is $99 Starting Tomorrow

As previously reported, Sony has reduced the price of its PlayStation 2 console to just $99, cutting the price by nearly 25 percent.

Alright so it’s not $99 -- it’s $99.99 -- but it represents the first time the console has been offered for double digits in the nine years it’s been in production, which is pretty neat in itself. In its twilight years, the PS2’s incredibly ‘long tail’ makes Sony seem like it actually knew what it was talking about when it spouts of on the “ten year life cycle” of its consoles. Sony made it official first on its PlayStation blog.

Yesterday we pointed out that with the PlayStation 2 in last place in console sales, a price cut like this would make sense and today the company boasted the advantage of having such a cheap console on the market, boasting that at this price point, more people than ever will be able to join in on the PS2 fun. In light of the economy, consumers are looking for cheap thrills, and a $99 PS2 will be just the ticket for a lot of them.

The news comes one week after the news of Zeebo -- the Qualcomm-backed $199 console aimed at emerging markets and targeting consumers in Brazil, Russia, India and China who are typically unable to afford the higher-end consoles. The $99 PS2 could raise concerns for Zeebo.

That said Zeebo and Qualcomm also endeavor to rock the digital download platform when it comes to selling games in order to reduce piracy, which is a huge problem in the above markets. We got in touch with Zeebo to ask what this would mean for the future of the console and we'll update when we know more.

  • tenor77
    This just in! Nintendo announces the Gamecube is now being discounted to counter Sony's bold and genius move!

    Okay in all seriousness what is this really about though? Is this their answer to people bitching about the PS3 not being backwards compatible? 100 million units later.......who are you going to sell this to?
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  • eklipz330
    well at least we know the sales of the ps2 make up for the losses from the ps3

    too bad the price drop for the ps3 was false though =
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  • jgoette
    is anyone really going to buy such an old piece of hardware just because its 100 bucks now?
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  • fuser
    The PS2 doesn't interest me personally, but I can imagine a family with some kids who might want a cheap console.

    PS2 has some great titles (the 'god of war' franchise being the best example), and all of those titles are available used for $5 or $10 each. You can't beat it for entertainment value.
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  • tenor77
    fuserThe PS2 doesn't interest me personally, but I can imagine a family with some kids who might want a cheap console. PS2 has some great titles (the 'god of war' franchise being the best example), and all of those titles are available used for $5 or $10 each. You can't beat it for entertainment value.
    Maybe so, but you can also pick up a used PS2 cheap at most stores anyway. Seriously I think Sony is a little too attached to the PS2. The day I bought my 360, I sold my Xbox and PS2. I moved on. It honestly feels like they're pushing this 10 year life cycle a little too much.

    We get it Sony. You think we should care that MS stopped making the Xbox once the 360 came out. The problem is we don't.
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  • NuclearShadow
    I don't think this will increase the sales much. The PS2 has been out for so long that anyone who has seriously wanted one most likely already has one.
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  • festerovic
    The majority of game systems are sold to parents, not kids. At $99, parents could afford to get the system and not think too hard about it. The games are typically $20-30, versus $60. Plus, there are a ton of used PS2 games now that it is "old".

    Look at the Wii. It's certainly not a better system than 360/PS3, the games are typically inferior, but it sells more than 2:1 versus 360 and PS3 combined.

    Smart move, even though it's only $30 less than it was a month ago.

    ^NS - Acutally, every time Sony drops the price of the PS2, the sales go way up for at least 6 months.
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  • Myrdek
    If only they would print more $20 Greatest Hits games... I had a list of 40 games to buy and I've only been able to find half at decent price in the past year. I have to browse ebay and check local gamestops frequently because so many used games are sold at above $30, even $100 in some cases.

    Like many others I bought a cheap PS2 because I can't afford to be up to date and pay $50 per game. Especially when so many titles end up being disapointing. Please print more copies!
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  • hakesterman
    Sorry Crashbox360 fanboys, I'd take a PS2 anyday over a
    crashbox. With a PS2 or PS3 you don't have all that fan
    noise and you never get the 3Rings of death syndrom. I had
    to laugh i was at Walmart last week and their Demo even had the
    three Rings of death, i guess at least it represents the product
    fairly. After watching the repair video, i can see why Microsoft
    doesen't want to be responsible for their defective product anymore.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_technical_problems

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0U2anUn_fc

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1271373/360_three_rings_of_death_fix_real/

    http://www.fixringofdeath.com/


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  • rooket
    xbox360 is superior gaming compared to ps2, i haven't turned mine on in ages. also i'd be worried if the ps3 came down in price, you know how consoles go... you look for a bargain from a bid in a chinese facility to build your unit and you end up with a lot of hardware becoming faulty, such as what happens with the cheaper 360. you'd probably end up with a ylod problem in the ps3.
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